Easter Modern Bonanza

1st Apr 2018

Games Haven Jurong

Matthew (Lightning Bolt) Yee

51 brave souls came to GH Jurong on Easter Sunday for our stress test for our new aircons, cleverly disguised as a Modern tournament. Our follow-up event to our Team Unified Modern at Paya Lebar on Friday was so full that we unfortunately had to turn away some players because there just wasn’t any space. As it was, we had to open the kitchen to accommodate as many as we could – not a perfect solution, but thanks to the kind understanding of the 51 players present, we were able to make it work somewhat. It is our greatest hope that you were able to play some great and fun Magic to make up for the squeeze.

Modern seems to have well and truly embraced Bloodbraid Elf and Jace, the Mind Sculptor, swallowing the two cards into the metagame without breaking too many eggs along the way. As always, we might just be one Internet collaboration away from Modern cracking into a million pieces, but unlike the disaster that was Treasure Cruise, the danger is not immediately obvious…… FOR NOW.

Many of the players who entered the event for free from our Friday event were content to just re-optimise their deck for solo play and enter that way, while a few returned to their solo play deck after having had to play a different deck to fit the team structure. Together with the fresh players who did not play on Friday, we once again had a lineup with Modern’s trademark diversity. Rather than rehashing the usual story of talking about how many Burn and Tron decks there were, it would be perhaps more interesting to talk about the more unique deck choices that contributed to the diverse showing on Sunday.

Interestingly, we had quite a few BW Eldrazi & Taxes decks. Back in the early days of the JGH Modern metagame, it started out as a simple experiment with Tidehollow Sculler, Wasteland Strangler and Eldrazi Displacer that was inspired by a rogue meme on MTGO. However, the Internet and JGH alike slowly tuned the deck into a real threat that has appeared every now and then at the top tables of GPs. In the hands of a right pilot, it attacks the very concept of card advantage in the weirdest way, fittingly enough for the Eldrazi.

Speaking of memes, Krark-Clan Ironworks combo emerged proudly in JGH as all the regulars expected. JGH proudly lays claim to an independent manifestation of the KCI meme, having screamed about T3 Emrakul long before the deck became mainstream, and our Sunday event paid the deck all its dues with the mainstream updated version scattered among our tables. If there’s one place you want to practice against a KCI deck, feel free to drop by our weekly Modern events. JGH has you covered.

It wasn’t all memes, of course. Plenty of relative newcomers to the Modern metagame maintained consistent showings, especially YOLO One. There might have been as many dice rolled to decide who went first, as to discard cards to Goblin Lore and Burning Inquiry. Another relatively new deck that showed up in surprising frequency was RG Eldrazi, one of the new homes for Bloodbraid Elf.

We covered this in the writeup for the March $1K Series Tournament, but this might end up being Bloodbraid Elf’s home away from home that isn’t Jund, if the sailing is as smooth as the experiments seem to indicate. Admittedly though, as an astute reader can probably tell, our metagame on Sunday seemed to be on the side of the linear decks. While full control decks weren’t absent by any means, they largely fell prey to the linear decks by the end of the Swiss rounds. It’s quite telling when the most common counterspell across the 51 main decks was Stubborn Denial.

In the end, we’ve got a mix of mainstream decks as well as slightly more hipster decks to show you for our Top 8 decklists, and our proud winner was robot pilot Chris Tiong! Congratulations to him, and we hope that all of you had fun playing in arguably the most happening Modern play location in Singapore!

Affinity piloted by Chris Tiong


1st place


Main Deck

4x Blinkmoth Nexus
4x Inkmoth Nexus
1x Mountain
4x Spire of Industry
4x Darksteel Citadel

4x Arcbound Ravager
3x Etched Champion
2x Master of Etherium
2x Memnite
4x Ornithopter
4x Signal Pest
4x Steel Overseer
4x Vault Skirge

4x Galvanic Blast

4x Cranial Plating
4x Mox Opal
4x Springleaf Drum

Sideboard


1x Etched Champion
2x Blood Moon
2x Ghirapur Aether Grid

1x Grafdigger’s Cage
1x Rest in Peace
2x Thoughtseize
2x Wear//Tear
1x Whipflare
1x Relic of Progenitus
2x Spell Pierce

Naya Burn piloted by Ian Teoh


2nd Place


Main Deck

3x Arid Mesa
4x Bloodstained Mire
4x Wooded Foothills
3x Sacred Foundry
2x Inspiring Vantage
2x Mountain
1x Stomping Ground

4x Goblin Guide
4x Monastery Swiftspear
2x Grim Lavamancer
4x Eidolon of the Great Revel

4x Lightning Bolt
4x Rift Bolt
4x Lava Spike
4x Searing Blaze
4x Boros Charm
3x Lightning Helix
4x Skullcrack

Sideboard


4x Destructive Revelry
2x Chained to the Rocks
1x Grafdigger’s Cage
1x Searing Blood
2x Kor Firewalker
1x Path to Exile
1x Relic of Progenitus
3x Molten Rain

Affinity piloted by Ju Yaqiong


Top 4


Main Deck

4x Darksteel Citadel
4x Blinkmoth Nexus
4x Inkmoth Nexus
2x Glimmervoid
2x Spire of Industry
1x Mountain

4x Ornithopter
4x Steel Overseer
4x Vault Skirge
2x Memnite
1x Hangarback Walker
4x Arcbound Ravager
4x Signal Pest

2x Master of Etherium
2x Etched Champion

4x Galvanic Blast

4x Cranial Plating
4x Mox Opal
4x Springleaf Drum

Sideboard


1x Sea Gate Wreckage
2x Bitterblossom
1x Etched Champion
1x Whipflare
2x Ghirapur Aether Grid
2x Spell Pierce
2x Tormod’s Crypt
2x Dispatch
2x Wear//Tear

BW Eldrazi & Taxes piloted by Tian Kuang Kai


Top 4


Main Deck

1x Swamp
2x Shambling Vent
2x Plains
1x Godless Shrine
4x Ghost Quarter
4x Eldrazi Temple
4x Concealed Courtyard
4x Caves of Koilos

4x Leonin Arbiter
4x Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4x Tidehollow Sculler
1x Spellskite
2x Blade Splicer
4x Eldrazi Displacer
4x Flickerwisp
3x Wasteland Strangler
4x Thought-Knot Seer

4x Path to Exile

4x Aether Vial

Sideboard


1x Mirran Crusader
1x Sin Collector
1x Gonti, Lord of Luxury
2x Rest in Peace
3x Stony Silence
1x Leonin Relic-Warder
1x Spellskite
2x Fatal Push
1x Orzhov Pontiff
1x Zealous Persecution
1x Wasteland Strangler

Naya Zoo piloted by Daniel Roses


Top 8


Main Deck

2x Copperline Gorge
2x Mountain
2x Sacred Foundry
2x Stomping Ground
4x Arid Mesa
4x Bloodstained Mire
3x Wooded Foothills

4x Goblin Guide
4x Wild Nacatl
4x Monastery Swiftspear
4x Eidolon of the Great Revel
1x Grim Lavamancer

4x Lightning Bolt
4x Lava Spike
4x Boros Charm
4x Atarka’s Command
3x Rift Bolt
2x Skullcrack
3x Searing Blaze

Sideboard


2x Path to Exile
2x Lightning Helix
2x Kataki, War’s Wage
4x Destructive Revelry
2x Kor Firewalker
1x Exquisite Firecraft
2x Deflecting Palm

Mono-Green Tron piloted by Tan Chin Heng


Top 8


Main Deck

4x Urza’s Tower
4x Urza’s Power Plant
4x Urza’s Mine
5x Forest
1x Ghost Quarter
1x Sanctum of Ugin

3x Wurmcoil Engine
3x Walking Ballista
2x Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
1x Emrakul, the Promised End

4x Ancient Stirrings
4x Sylvan Scrying

4x Karn Liberated
2x Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

4x Expedition Map
4x Oblivion Stone
4x Chromatic Star
4x Chromatic Sphere
2x Relic of Progenitus

Sideboard


3x Thought-Knot Seer
3x Thragtusk
1x Crucible of Worlds
1x All is Dust
2x Warping Wail
2x Spatial Contortion
3x Nature’s Claim

GW Hexproof Bogles piloted by Wei Liang


Top 8


Main Deck

4x Horizon Canopy
4x Razorverge Thicket
4x Temple Garden
4x Windswept Heath
1x Dryad Arbor
1x Forest
1x Plains
1x Wooded Foothills

4x Slippery Bogle
4x Kor Spiritdancer
4x Gladecover Scout

2x Path to Exile

4x Daybreak Coronet
4x Ethereal Armor
4x Rancor
4x Spider Umbra
3x Leyline of Sanctity
2x Hyena Umbra
2x Spirit Mantle
2x Gryff’s Boon
1x Cartouche of Solidarity

Sideboard


1x Dromoka’s Command
1x Suppression Field
3x Stony Silence
1x Spirit Link
1x Ethersworn Canonist
2x Path to Exile
2x Rest in Peace
2x Gaddock Teeg
2x Seal of Primordium

Merfolk piloted by Abdul Hafiz


Top 8


Main Deck

4x Mutavault
3x Cavern of Souls
1x Flooded Strand
1x Minamo, School at Water’s Edge
1x Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
1x Gemstone Caverns
9x Island

4x Cursecatcher
4x Silvergill Adept
4x Lord of Atlantis
4x Master of the Pearl Trident
4x Harbinger of the Tides
3x Merrow Reejerey
2x Master of Waves
1x Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
1x Kopala, Warden of Waves

4x Aether Vial
2x Smuggler’s Copter

2x Spell Pierce
1x Vapor Snag

4x Spreading Seas

Sideboard


3x Gut Shot
2x Tidebinder Mage
2x Unified Will
1x Disdainful Stroke
1x Flashfreeze
1x Hibernation
2x Echoing Truth
1x Grafdigger’s Cage
1x Vendilion Clique
1x Squelch